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Old 12-14-2017, 04:11 PM   #1
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Added 200 Watts of Solar to my OEM 100 watt setup

My 2017 Adventruer 37F came with one 100-watt Zamp Solar panel, a 3-port solar port on the roof and a 30-amp PWM Solar Controller. I was thinking of filling out the system with two more 100-Watt panels and priced out Zamp panels at around $400 each.

After doing some reading on the subject I decided to go with Renogy solar panels. They're about $130 per panel for 100-watt panels. The most difficult part was making the transition from Renogy's MC4 electrical connectors to Zamp's SAE connectors to use the Zamp 3-port solar port on the roof.

It was really super easy after the polarity and connectors were all straightened out.

I did this to power our residential fridge for longer trips without needing the generator to keep the batteries topped up. It may be more than I need but the cost to go from 100-watts to 300-watts was only about $300 all inclusive.

Here's the set up on my roof. (the two antenna's on the right front are WiFi Ranger Elite and Weboost Drive 4g-X mini-stub).
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Nice work.
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Old 12-17-2017, 05:37 PM   #3
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Great job! I ordered my 2017 Adventurer 35P with 300 watts, and the extra power when dry camping is great! Happy travels!
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Umm, from the photo, it looks like you're using non-UV resistant wires, are you?
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That looks great CP. So once you determined polarity was it just a matter of splicing in to the wires on your existing solar panel? You didn't have to drill any more holes in the roof to fish wires through? I'm guessing the Zamp solar port in the roof is stock from the factory. I'm also guessing that the panel in the bottom of the picture is the original and the other two are the ones you added?
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Correct. The RV came with one 100-watt panel, the 3-port input on the roof, wiring and the 30-amp solar controller. I just had to plug the two new panels into the unused inputs on the Port. And to do that I just had to splice on the Zamp SAE style plugs onto the Renogy MC4 wires. Almost all solar panels come with MC4 plugs - while ZAMP uses SAE.
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Umm, from the photo, it looks like you're using non-UV resistant wires, are you?
I used Renogy wires 10 ga, made for exterior use.
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I used Renogy wires 10 ga, made for exterior use.
Sounds good!
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